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I'm Jordan, and I was diagnosed in July 2010. 21 year old male, 6'2'' and weigh 200lbs.

I have been on a very strict diet, and have not eaten gluten since. My previous symptoms included upset stomach, migraines, anxiety and mood changes, depression, and a nasty red itchy rash on my back/chest.

Despite eating very well, I am getting worse. As soon as I changed my diet, I felt incredible, and lost 25 pounds immediately. I am slowly gaining it back, and have been dealing with severe depression and suicidal thoughts. My stomach and head hurt all the time now, and it feels exactly like when I would eat Gluten.

Is it possible this is a residual thing? Or could it be something else that's killing me?

Please help!

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Are you eating mostly whole unprocessed foods? If not you should try to as much as possible. Are you careful about CC and have you gotten a new toaster, colander and gotten new pans if your old ones are scratched? If not you need to. Most of us become much more sensitive to very tiny amounts of gluten after we go gluten free so even the little bit of residue in an old colander can contaminate your gluten free pasta or veggies when you drain them.

The itchy rash may be DH, if it is you need to cut out iodine for a while to help it heal. Are you on any meds either script or OTC, if so have you checked to make sure that they are safe.

Some of us have other intolerances come to the forefront after we are gluten free, the most common are dairy and soy. If you are consuming them you may want to drop them for a bit to see if it makes a difference.

I also suffered from severe depression for most of my life. It resolved gluten free but even the tiniest bit of gluten will bring it back. I am able to fight the suicidal ideation by telling myself that it is the gluten and it will go away. Fortunately for me it now lifts very quickly.

We do often have some ups and downs in the beginning, hang in there and I hope you feel better soon.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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I had to reply because I was diagnosed just a few months before you and I'm still struggling pretty hard. My aggravation is that my symptoms are constantly changing, it's making me nuts. So today I learned that for some people (that includes me) coffee acts on the body in a similar way as gluten. That explains a whole lot of my symptoms (shifting moods, exhaustion, itchiness, dryness, etc etc). I drink about a half cup of coffee 3x a week (and thought this was harmless) and just today I connected the dots.

I also finally, after a lot of digging, found a good doctor to work with - that helps a lot too.

It's kind of hard to describe but I'm getting better at 'sensing' what is good for me and what is not, but that's just starting!

I guess I'm saying that it's easily possible that something else is causing your symptoms... Hang in there, and I hope you're able to figure it out soon!

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